Goodbye Flaff

November11

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We recently lost a member of our family who has had a profound effect on us.  This post is a little late in coming, but that makes it no less important.  After 4 really great years together, we had to put Flaff down.  His body was starting to shut down, and many of his systems were failing.  After a long thought process, we decided that it was more kind to send him on his way rather that be selfish and keep him with us.

Flaff went through many important events in our evolution as a family.  Back in September of 2005,  I was working out of the house 10+ hours each day with plans to head to Greece for another 6 months.  We decided to look for a dog to keep Jared company and help get him out of the house occasionally.  Our search took us to a rescue organization who had just one dog available–a pug.  Jared had a pug as a kid, and was enamored with the kind nature and puglyness ( a pug character of being so ugly they are cute) of the breed.  The situation was perfect, and we decided to do everything in our power to get him.

He was a rescue dog, which means that we were literally taking him from a bad situation and rehabilitating him.  He was being used as a breeder in a puppy mill, and he was severely abused.  Even to his final days he shied away when approached from above.  He was so out of shape when we got him from being left in a cage all day he laid down on our first 4 block walk and had to be carried the rest of the way home.

He suffered from seizures when we first got him.  It is interesting to note that the more love he got, the less seizures he had.  they diminished almost completely at the end.

After much love, patience and companionship, he started to become more trusting and loving.  He always was more Jared’s dog.  He would lay down next to him every afternoon for a nap.  When I was pregnant, I used to bring the comforter in from the bed and force him to lay down with me and be my baby.

One particular quality of him was that he would always find the smallest piece of fabric on the floor to sleep on.  If it was a piece of paper, or a washcloth, a towel or a pillow, it was superior to sleeping on the bare floor.  If we didn’t want it slept on, it could not be on the floor.

It really was rewarding to see how far upscale a dog could become with some love.

He was the best kids dog you could ever ask for.  He played nicely with Daphne.  She used to crawl up to him and generally maul him in any manner she could, and he took it as love, rather than abuse.  She even went through a spell where she used to sit on him and call him her pony.  He then became her baby by being tucked in under covers at any opportunity.

Spending 4 years with him was a lovely adventure, and he will always have a place in our hearts.  We will miss you Flaff.  Thank you for being such an important part of our family.

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“Goodbye Flaff”

  1. On November 11th, 2009 at 11:29 AM Melissa Says:

    Ohhh…. this is still sad for me. He was such a good dog. :(

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